President Trump gave his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to world leaders eager to hear from him for the first time.
In the 41-minute speech which touched on three key pillars of the Trump Doctrine: Sovereignty, Capitalism and Security, the President fired a warning shot to “rogue nations” calling upon the “righteous many” to confront the “wicked few.”
He then vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea if it threatened the United States or its regional allies saying, “The United States has great strength and patience but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” and saying of Kim Jong Un, “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.”
In a strong statement, he denounced the rogue nation and its leadership saying its nuclear ambition “threaten the entire world with unthinkable loss of life.”
“If the righteous many don’t confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” he said of North Korea and other rogue nations like Iran.
In his address, Trump emphasized the dangers of a nuclear-armed North Korea under Kim Jong-Un, saying it was against the interests of the world for a “band of criminals” in Pyongyang – to obtain missiles and nuclear weapons.
Recounting the unpleasant history of North Korea which includes oppression, kidnappings and nuclear tests, Trump pointed out the U.S. was “ready, willing and able” to pursue military option. He also indicated that he remains hopeful that war doesn’t become an option if the rest of the world stepped up its efforts to constrain the Pyongyang regime.
“That is what the United Nations is for,” he said challenging the institution he has often criticized as ineffective and useless. “Let’s see how they do.”
He also called-out Iran a “rogue nation” Iran claiming the Islamic Republic had robbed its people of their destiny.
“The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most,” he said.
President Trump then said the day would come when Iranians would be faced with a choice between “the path of poverty, bloodshed and terror” and their country’s “proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth”.
He lambasted Barack Obama’s negotiated Iran Nuclear Deal, signed by the US together with other five other countries two years ago, saying it was “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into”.
“Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States. I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it – believe me,” he said.
While he thanked Russia and China for supporting recent United Nations sanctions on North Korea, President Trump nonetheless took an indirect swipe at the two allies for continuing to do business with Pyongyang.
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